Passports

Note: All routine consular services at the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa, D.R. Congo are provided by appointment only to U.S. citizens visiting or residing in D.R. Congo. Emergency cases (such as medical emergencies, deaths or arrests involving American citizens) will still be handled on a walk-in basis during normal Embassy hours or after hours by calling the Embassy Duty Officer.

Steps to take to schedule your appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa.

  • Review our website to determine the specific service you need.
  • Ensure that all applications, forms, and additional documents are completed correctly before you come to your appointment. Photocopies of all original documents are required and cannot be done at the Embassy. For passport services, we strongly encourage you to complete passport forms online; follow the instructions here.
  • Schedule your appointment: click here.
  • Print your appointment confirmation letter and bring it with you to your appointment.
  • Schedule one appointment per applicant per service. For example if you have two children where each requires a passport renewal, each child must have his or her own appointment. If you have questions about what type of appointment you require, email ACSKinshasa@state.gov for additional assistance. Duplicate appointments for the same service will be deleted in the system without notice.
  • Cancel your original appointment in the system if you need to change the date. In order to cancel your appointment you will need a password which you can find on your appointment confirmation letter.  Please email ACSKinshasa@state.gov for assistance.
  • Arrive on time for your appointment. If you are late to your appointment you may be asked to reschedule your appointment. When you arrive at the Embassy, please inform one of the guards that you are a U.S. citizen with an appointment and go directly to the Consular Receptionist window.

Additional links:

  • DS-11 Application for a U.S. Passport (PDF 100kb)
  • DS-82 U.S. Passport Renewal Application for Eligible Individuals (PDF 81kb)
  • DS-5504 Application for a U.S. Passport – Name Change, Data Correction, and Limited Passport Replacement (PDF 82kb)
  • DS-64 Statement Regarding Lost or Stolen Passport  (PDF 51kb)
  • DS-3053 Statement of Consent – Issuing a Passport to a Minor Under Age 16 (PDF 41kb)
  • DS-5525 Statement of Exigent/Special Family Circumstances – Issuing a Passport to a Minor Under Age 16. (PDF 41kb)

Extra Visa Pages no Longer Issued Effective January 1, 2016

The U.S. Department of State no longer adds visa pages into U.S. passports beginning January 1, 2016. Previously, U.S. passport holders had the option to pay for the insertion of additional 24-page visa inserts when valid passports lacked adequate space for entry or exit visa stamps. The decision to discontinue this service was made to enhance the security of the passport and to abide by international passport standards.  Beginning January 1, 2016, applicants in need of additional pages in their valid passports must obtain a new passport.

Visit passports.state.gov to see whether you can renew your U.S. passport by mail. If not, you can make an appointment to renew your passport at the U.S. Embassy in DRCongo.

If applying in person at a U.S. embassy or consulate, you may pay in U.S. dollar only or credit card.

Applying for a U.S. passport outside the United States is different than applying inside the United States. Although the applications, supporting documentation, fees, and finished products are the same, to know our procedures for submitting and processing your final documents, please send an email at ACSKinshasa@state.gov.

Application

  • DO NOT follow the submission instructions on the application if you are applying outside of the United States.
  • Please note:You must provide your Social Security number in accordance with 22 U.S.C. 2714a and 22 C.F.R 51.60(f).

Photos

The photo you submit with your application must meet all U.S. passport photo requirements. Be aware that photo requirements for a U.S. passport may vary from passport photo requirements of other countries. Click here for a full list of passport photo requirements.

Fees

The U.S. Embassy Kinshasa can only accept cash in USD or Credit card payment, but personal checks are never acceptable. Do not send cash in the mail. Click here for a full list of fees.

Processing

Expedited processing is not available when you apply outside the United States. In an emergency, the Embassy can issue limited validity passports.

You are a first-time applicant for a U.S. passport

For more information on applying for a passport, please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/applying-for-a-u-s–passport-from-outside-the-united-states.html

For purposes of enhanced security, the State Department no longer amends valid passports. Instead, customers requesting name changes, extension of validity for limited passports, or correction of a printing error should apply for replacement passports. If you are applying for a replacement passport because of a printing error, you may request a replacement any time. If you are applying for a replacement passport because of a name-change, you may apply within one year of the original date of issuance at no cost. After that period, travelers must apply for a new passport.

For information on how to apply for a replacement passport, please visit the State Department website.

The State Department encourages you to report the loss or theft of your passport to local authorities, and to obtain a police report.

Obtaining a replacement passport is a two-step process:

  1. Report the loss or theft of your valid passport immediately to the Embassy using Form DS-64 (PDF 50.88kb); and
  1. Look here for more information about lost or stolen passports.

 

In most circumstances, both parents must bring the child’s application to the embassy or consulate, or to a passport acceptance agent in the U.S., with the supporting documents. Your child must be present in the office at the time of the application.

For the complete list of requirements involved in applying for children under 16, please visit the State Department website.